Psychology

 

Psykologia

Natural sciences are emphasised in the research and teaching carried out by the discipline of psychology at the University of Helsinki. Research focus areas include developmental psychology, health psychology and cognitive brain research. Discipline-specific research is conducted also in perceptual psychology, cognitive psychology, the psychology of values and clinical neuropsychology. The discipline is responsible for nationwide specialist education in clinical neuropsychology.

Students of psychology have an opportunity to complete the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Master of Arts (Psychology). Master’s graduates in psychology will be licensed as health care professionals (psychologists). Students of psychology also have an opportunity to complete a Master of Arts degree that does not lead to the profession of psychologist.

Specialist education in psychology

Specialist education in psychology is academic postgraduate specialist education organised as university network collaboration. A more detailed description of the training alternatives can be found on the Psykonet – the Finnish University Network of Psychology website (in Finnish only).

Specialist education in psychology is arranged in five fields of specialisation (coordinating university in parentheses):

  • Clinical health psychology (University of Eastern Finland)
  • Children and adolescents (University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University)
  • Neuropsychology (University of Helsinki)
  • Psychotherapy (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Work and organisational psychology (University of Tampere)

Specialist training in neuropsychology, coordinated by the University of Helsinki, provides graduates with the qualifications required for working as clinical neuropsychologists in the health care system.

Psykonet is a university network in the field of psychology consisting of the psychology departments and discipline groups at the Universities of Helsinki, Eastern Finland, Jyväskylä, Tampere and Turku, and Åbo Akademi University. The network has served as the umbrella organisation in the field since 1989.

Psychotherapy training

Psychotherapy training is continuing education comparable in nature to continuing education organised for health care professionals, and requires prior experience in the field of mental health or equivalent fields, as well as an applicable background education in health or social services. After completing and passing the training, students will be granted the professional title of psychotherapist by Valvira, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health.

Further information on the application procedure and training content is available on the psychotherapy training website (in Finnish and Swedish only).

At the Faculty of Medicine, the Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) degree may be completed by postgraduate students majoring in psychology, provided they have completed the advanced studies and traineeship included in the Master of Arts (Psychology) degree, as well as a second-cycle degree in a Finnish university (or an equivalent degree in a university abroad). If no clinical training is to be completed, students majoring in psychology may complete a Doctor of Philosophy degree. An increasing number of doctoral students in psychology pursue their degree at the Doctoral School in Health Sciences.

Attention and Memory Networks of the Human Brain
The group investigates brain activity related to perception, memory and attention using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), as well as electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG).

Clinical Neuropsychology Research Group
The group investigates both acquired and developmental cognitive disorders in children and adults, the development of cognition from childhood to adulthood, neuropsychological methods for assessing cognition, as well as multidisciplinary and multi-professional rehabilitation methods.

Cognitive Brain Research Unit (CBRU)
The group investigates perceptual and cognitive processes in humans, and their development, disorders and plasticity particularly in functions related to language and music.

Developmental Psychology Research Group (DEPSY)
The group investigates themes related to the development of the human psyche throughout the life-span. Its interests include foetal programming, maternal health and wellbeing during pregnancy, mental health, neurocognitive development, cardiovascular risk factors, sleep and aging. The group works with various follow-up datasets, conducts wide-ranging cooperation in Finland and abroad, and utilises several different methods to study the development of the human mind.

Mind and Brain in the Sys­temic Con­text
We are interested in characterizing how mental phenomena and the physiology of the human body interact, and discovering new ways to modulate the observed interactions. Our goals are to identify systemic mechanisms for common mental disorders such as depression and to utilize the generated knowledge to develop or optimize new treatment applications. We are seeking to achieve our goals by working with different populations ranging from healthy volunteers to individuals affected by mental disorders.

Perception, Action and Cognition (PAC)
The group investigates perception, motor control, learning and memorisation related to data processing. Methods used include psychophysics, brain imaging and computational modelling. Research subjects include perception of surface structures, colours and shapes, coordination and motor control of hand movements, perceptual learning and work memory, perception of speech, sensory integration, as well as face perception and recollection.

Research on Everyday Thinking
The group investigates everyday thinking, particularly intuitive, analytical, mentalistic and mechanistic cognition, as well as everyday beliefs and cognitive bias (e.g., supernatural beliefs and beliefs related to food and health). Research methods include questionnaires (primarily with scales and cognitive tasks), experimental research and brain research.

Sleep & Mind Research Group
The group investigates sleep, cognition, learning and mental health in a multidisciplinary manner by combining methods and approaches from psychology, medicine and brain research. The group conducts both longitudinal follow-up studies and experimental studies with children and adolescents as the most common target group. Special attention is given to circadian rhythm regulation and sleep microstructures.

The Psychosocial Factors & Health Research Group
The group investigates the mental, social, behavioural and biological processes underlying mental and physical health that may be related, among other things, to early childhood environment, work, social relations in old age or cross-generational factors.

Visual Cognition Research Group
The group investigates visual cognition from the perspectives of basic and technological research.

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Professors
Kimmo
Alho
Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology

Professor of psychology

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Marko
Elovainio
Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Social psychology
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Laura
Hokkanen
Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
AH
Annette
Horstmann
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Neurosciences, Psychology
IH
Iiris
Hovatta
Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Genetics, developmental biology, physiology, Neurosciences, Neurology and psychiatry
MJ
Markus
Jokela
Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
TK
Teija
Kujala
Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Minna Sirpa M
Laakso
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Languages, Logopedics
Anu-Katriina
Pesonen
Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology

Professor of clinical and developmental psychology
Leader of BA and MA program boards of psychology
Leader of Sleep & Mind Research Group

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Niklas
Ravaja
Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Social psychology
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Katri
Räikkönen-Talvitie
Academy Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Teppo
Särkämö
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Neurosciences, Neurology and psychiatry, Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts

Teachers
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Marjo
Flykt
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
KH
Kati
Heinonen-Tuomaala
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
AI
Alisa
Ikonen
University Instructor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Logopedics
HJ
Heli
Järnefelt
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
MK
Markku
Kilpeläinen
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
SK
Sanna
Koskinen
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
IK
Ilmari
Kurki
University Instructor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
ML
Marja
Laasonen
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
JL
Jari Marko
Lahti
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
KL
Kaisa
Launonen
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Logopedics
ML
Marjaana
Lindeman-Viitasalo
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
JL
Jari
Lipsanen
University Instructor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
Petriina
Munck
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
PP
Petri
Paavilainen
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
SP
Satu
Paavola
University Instructor
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Eino Juhani
Partanen
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology

I am a cognitive neuroscientist, lecturer and work as a clinical neuropsychologist from time to time. Specifically, I teach clinically relevant skills to students, give talks for various professionals on learning, development, the brain and similar topics, but also on more general issues, such as how to cope with work stress and such. In addition, I organize conferences and public events, with more projects being planned related to scientific outreach and dissemination of scientific knowledge to the general public. As I have degrees in both science and psychology, my scientific work combines programming, digital signal processing and clinical psychology. My research interests lie mainly in speech perception, infant auditory capabilities and their development, language development and methodological innovations. My spare time is mostly spent on dancing.

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Seija
Pekkala
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Logopedics
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Laura
Pulkki-Råback
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
RP
Riikka
Pyhälä-Neuvonen
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
JR
Johanna
Rosenqvist
University Lecturer
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology

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Researchers
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Jaakko Matias
Airaksinen
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Polina
Girchenko
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Anu
Haavisto
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
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Christian
Hakulinen
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
JH
Jukka
Häkkinen
University Researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
LK
Lilli Emilia
Kimppa
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Neurosciences, Languages
ML
Marius
Lahti-Pulkkinen
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Soili
Lehto
Research Director
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Neurology and psychiatry, Psychology
ML
Mona
Liljelund
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Cognitive science, Psychology
Silja
Martikainen
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
NM
Noelia
Martinez Molina
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Ilmari
Määttänen
University Researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Biological sciences
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Maria
Olkkonen
Academy Research Fellow
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Igor
Radun
University Researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Ville
Rantalainen
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Toni
Saarela
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
Viljami
Salmela
Academy Research Fellow
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Katri
Savolainen
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Gintautas
Silinskas
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
JS
Juha
Silvanto
Academy Research Fellow
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology

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Doctoral Students
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Viktória
Balla
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Neurosciences, Cognitive science, Logopedics
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Regina
Garcia Velazquez
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
VH
Ville Johannes
Harjunen
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Laura
Hedlund
Doctoral Student (Research Foundation)
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Cognitive science, Neurosciences
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Vilja
Helminen
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Tatu
Huovilainen
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
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Katja
Junttila
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Neurosciences, Educational sciences, Logopedics, Cognitive science
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Linda
Kailaheimo-Lönnqvist
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Crista
Kaukinen
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
KK
Kaisla
Komulainen
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
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Tuomas Helmer
Kvist
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Tuomas
Leisti
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Nella
Moisseinen
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Cognitive science, Psychology, Neurology and psychiatry, Neurosciences, Computer and information sciences
Emmi
Pentikäinen
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Anni
Pitkäniemi
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology, Neurosciences, Neurology and psychiatry, Cognitive science, Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
Rachel
Robinson
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Public health care science, environmental and occupational health, Psychology
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Sini-Tuuli
Siponkoski
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology
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Polina
Stoycheva
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
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Eva
Ståhlberg-Forsen
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
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Anna
Suarez Figueiredo
Doctoral Student
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Field of science Psychology

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  • Kompleksi (in Finnish only)
    Kompleksi is the student organisation for University of Helsinki psychology students. Its purpose is to act as a special interest group for students of psychology, promote teaching, research and professional practices of psychology, as well as support social interaction between students.
  • Finnish Psychological Association
  • Finnish Psychological Society (in Finnish only)

Head of department

professor Laura Hokkanen
laura.hokkanen@helsinki.fi
PO Box 21 (Haartmaninkatu 3)
00014 University of Helsinki

Dir­ect­or of the De­gree pro­gram

professor Anu-Katriina Pesonen
anukatriina.pesonen@helsinki.fi

Discipline Coordinator

University lecturer Kati Heinonen-Tuomaala
kati.heinonen@helsinki.fi

Address

PO Box 21 (Haartmaninkatu 3)
00014 University of Helsinki

Staff

Contact details for the Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Teaching staff office hours

University and student services

Faculty of Medicine staff contact details
University of Helsinki Student Services
Email: meilahti-student@helsinki.fi